Bolsinger outduels Kendrick for series split

Bolsinger outduels Kendrick for series split

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal's two-out, RBI single in the fourth inning stood, as the Dodgers took a 1-0 victory over the Rockies on Sunday afternoon to earn a split of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The run was enough to support Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger, who held the Rockies to three hits in six innings, lowering his ERA to 1.04 in three starts. Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher pitched clean relief innings, and Kenley Jansen -- activated Friday after undergoing left foot surgery in Spring Training -- earned his first 2015 save.

Sunday marked the second straight time Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick (1-5) lost a quality start (six or more innings, three or fewer runs). This time, Kendrick gave up one run in seven innings, with one strikeout and five walks. A two-out walk to Justin Turner set up Grandal's run-scoring hit past a diving Rafael Ynoa, who started at second instead of Rawlings Gold Glover DJ LeMahieu.

Bolsinger blows 'em down: Bolsinger struck out Kendrick (who was trying to sacrifice) and Charlie Blackmon with runners on first and third and one out in the fifth inning. More >

Bolsinger escapes a jam

"That was a big inning, to keep them from scoring, first and third," manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, huge in this game."

Short fuse, short bench: Blackmon, upset over plate umpire Marty Foster's strike call on a 1-1 pitch, took a wild swing for a fifth-inning strikeout and blew up at Foster. The ejection was quick. Problem was Corey Dickerson was not available to play the field (he pinch-hit later) because of left foot plantar fasciitis, and infielder-by-trade Ynoa moved to left field. DJ LeMahieu also had to enter to play second. Nolan Arenado and Ynoa also had tense exchanges with Foster.

"I got frustrated, not blaming anything on anybody," Blackmon said. "I shouldn't have gotten thrown out right there, put my team in that position and forced DJ off the bench into the game cold. That's a mental mistake on my part."

Blackmon's ejection

Escapability: Kendrick walked the bases loaded in the sixth, issuing free passes to Turner and Grandal with two out. But he worked Andre Ethier into a line drive to center to keep it a one-run game. More >

Kendrick works out of a jam

Help yourself: Kendrick's inability to execute in the third and fifth innings hurt. He missed a pitch and allowed Daniel Descalso, who had taken off, to be caught stealing at second. The strikeout on the foul bunt in the fifth with runners at first and third ended another threat.

"That's really frustrating -- I had a chance to get a guy in," Kendrick said. "I had some bad at-bats today."

"We're fighting, but not coming out on top. That's not very good at the end. We've got to find a way to come on top." -- Arenado on the 2-4 road trip against the Angels and Dodgers

The Rockies struck out 76 times in their last five games, including 54 in the four-game series with the Dodgers.

"That's too many strikeouts," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I know the Dodgers strike out hitters. That's a big part of what they do on the mound. But we've got to compete better with two strikes and save more at-bats than we have recently."

The Dodgers challenged an out call on Turner's second-inning steal attempt of second base, but the call stood after a review.

Dodgers challenge out at second

Rockies: Right-hander Jordan Lyles was hit on the right hand with an Albert Pujols line drive in his last start, against the Angels, and left after one inning. But Lyles (2-3, 4.30 ERA) has checked out well enough to start Monday against the Phillies and lefty Cole Hamels 3-3, 3.53) at Coors Field at 6:40 p.m. in the opener of an eight-game homestand.

Dodgers: Right-hander Carlos Frias will make his fourth start this season Tuesday night, as the Dodgers open a three-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park at 7:15 p.m. PT. The Dodgers are 2-4 against the Giants this season, and went 0-3 in their April visit to San Francisco.

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